SNAP, HIP and their Future with Farmers Markets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, has been partnered with the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) in Massachusetts since 2017. Through HIP, SNAP users receive $1 for every dollar they spend on eligible fruits and vegetables. There is a monthly limit dependent on household size as well as specific retailers (farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and CSA programs). The goal of this partnership was to increase motivation of low-income households to purchase fresh produce from their local farmers. The hope was that lower income communities would receive better access to healthier foods while local farming business fostered. There have been

National Farmers Market Week

August 5 - August 11, 2018 is National Farmers Market Week! Started by the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), this week is a time to recognize all the work farmers put into providing fresh, local food, and why it is important to support them. The local food movement has been snowballing in recent years, and farmers markets are the heart of that movement. The number of documented farmers markets has grown nearly 400% since 1996. Why should I choose to shop at a farmers market over a grocery store? What's the difference? Farmers markets: 1) Stimulate local economies - Farmers markets return an estimated THREE times as much of their sales to the local economy. 2) Preserve farmland and farm care

Welcome Our New AmeriCorps Communications VISTA

Meet Ashley Jeznach! What's your educational background? After graduating high school in Central MA and two years at UConn, I ultimately and happily graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelors degree in Communications, specializing in media production. What's your professional background? I started my career with food in my very first job at an ice cream shop. From there, I continued my career in food into the restaurant business; which eventually lead to me wanting to do something more fulfilling in the food industry. I had a semester-long internship at Cultivate the City, an urban agriculture organization in Washington D.C., where I fell in love with the issue of food just


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